The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Tag: tech/AI: education

    • John Spencer
    • 05/23/24
    “Our humanity, as imperfect as it may be, is a gift to our students. In an age of A.I., our students still need a human to listen and empathize; to experiment and adapt; to make mistakes and apologize. They will need a guide who can build a relationship and help them navigate a complex world.”
    • Dan Meyer
    • 03/06/24
    “All good tasks should be, by design or fortunate accident, “low threshold, high ceiling”. Low threshold so that nearly all people can make a start and high ceiling so that there’s always some higher order avenue to work towards.”
    • Sense and Sensation
    • 12/15/23
    “While AI can help students analyze text, identify detail in an image, and structure a work of writing, only the student can apply this understanding to her world. Only the student can integrate new understanding into his school community and personal relationships. Only the student can practice new habits based on new ideas and understanding […]

ADMISSIONS

ASSESSMENT

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

    • Marc Watkins
    • 05/10/24
    “For every utopian-styled use case we imagine for this technology and its impact on student learning, we must balance it with the ways these tools are increasingly marketed on social media to students not as a learning aid, but as another method to disengage and check out of the learning process.”

CREATIVITY

PEDAGOGY

    • Dan Meyer
    • 03/06/24
    “All good tasks should be, by design or fortunate accident, “low threshold, high ceiling”. Low threshold so that nearly all people can make a start and high ceiling so that there’s always some higher order avenue to work towards.”
    • Sense and Sensation
    • 12/15/23
    “While AI can help students analyze text, identify detail in an image, and structure a work of writing, only the student can apply this understanding to her world. Only the student can integrate new understanding into his school community and personal relationships. Only the student can practice new habits based on new ideas and understanding […]

READING/WRITING

STEM

    • NCTM
    • 02/25/24
    “Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven tools can respond to students’ thinking and interests in ways that previous tools could not… Students will continue to need teachers’ mathematical, pedagogical, and relational expertise, though teachers are also likely to benefit from AI-driven tools. In some cases, AI may serve as a teaching assistant, but students will need teachers to […]

TECH

    • John Spencer
    • 05/23/24
    “Our humanity, as imperfect as it may be, is a gift to our students. In an age of A.I., our students still need a human to listen and empathize; to experiment and adapt; to make mistakes and apologize. They will need a guide who can build a relationship and help them navigate a complex world.”

A.I. Updates

    • Michigan Virtual
    • 05/31/24
    “As schools end the academic year and look ahead to the 24-25 school year, many are likely still trying to determine the best strategies for realizing the potential benefits and overcoming the challenges related to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. To do so, schools should consider taking a structured approach to AI integration based on the […]
    • Leon Furze
    • 05/13/24
    “I have two things I need to do right now: Decide which skills are fundamental to my discipline, and which absolutely need to be learned slowly, methodically, and without offloading onto technology. Decide which skills and content I can (or must) offload, knowing that GenAI is now competent across a broad range of multimodal skillsets. […]
    • AI for Education
    • 05/10/24
    “Since 2019, the presence of Deepfakes – hyperrealistic AI-generated video, photo, and audio forgeries – has surged by 550%, reaching a staggering 95,820 documented deepfake videos in 2023 alone. This blurring of reality requires a new approach to vetting if online content is real or fake. This guide is designed to build student awareness of […]
    • Leon Furze
    • 05/05/24
    “Rethinking Assessment for GenAI is a free 60 page eBook which covers everything from ways to update assessments, to the reasons I advise against AI detection tools.”
    • Dan Meyer
    • 05/01/24
    “The ASU+GSV organizers invited a bunch of us there to give 20-minute talks on a stage that was adjacent to all the AI edtech vendors. Naturally, I thought the appropriate thing to do in that context was criticize AI edtech vendors, specifically criticizing them for selling an image of classroom teaching and student learning that […]
    • NPR
    • 04/28/24
    “A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.”

TECH/AI: EDUCATION

TECH/AI: ETHICS AND RISK

    • NPR
    • 04/28/24
    “A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.”
    • Leon Furze
    • 04/09/24
    “In this post, I’ll discuss some of my personal objections to AI detection tools, and explore a new piece of research that once again proves AI detection tools don’t work.”

TECH/AI: USES AND APPLICATIONS

Issues

Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

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